We’re Far More Alike Than We Are Different

Listen, this post is not a political statement. I would rather keep things light and fun around here. But, I tried to ignore it and I just can’t anymore.

We're Far More Alike Than We Are Different Ellen DeGeneres quote
My heart is heavy. I’m sad. Confused. Frustrated as hell. I was brought up to believe that there’s more good in the world than bad. If you need proof of that naive idea, go back and watch the Google 2016 Year in Search commercial. (I just watched it for the umpteenth time, and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony’s speech still makes me cry.) We’re far more alike than we are different, just like Ellen said. So, why are we accepting behavior that demonstrates the complete opposite?

I respect and understand that all of us have differing views and opinions about our country’s current state of affairs. I respect that some of us support our current president, while others lean more the other way. Heck, I even can understand why a lot of people view the ban as a good thing – as a way to protect our country from further terror. But, if this is the future of our country, can we still be considered the United States of America? If we don’t protect those who are here or stand beside them, then are we united?

Love is love is love is love. It’s as simple as that. As residents of the home of the American dream, we should strive to love one another. Accept each other for who we are. Embrace our similarities and celebrate our differences. I want to raise my future child(ren) in a country where they know that people who look or think differently than them isn’t a bad thing. Rather, it’s an opportunity to learn about different cultures, religions, ideologies, etc. Knowledge is power. If we all take the time to get to know one another a little better, I think we will realize just how much we have to learn – not just about each other but about ourselves, too.

Like I said earlier, these words in no way are meant to be my political statement to the world. Sure, politics are involved because we wouldn’t be discussing this in the first place if it weren’t for that. But, honestly – I just want us all to stop and think. Look around you. Go out of your way to say hi to people on the street. Hug your loved ones. Don’t stop talking or seeking out the facts. It’s up to us to question authority and determine the future of our home.

Obviously, emotions are running high right now. Depending on how you interpreted this post, please remain respectful to me and others in the comments.

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  • Biana Perez

    Beautifully said girl…it’s a very confusing time here. I think it’s not about politics anymore – it’s about the humanity behind actions.

  • As a Muslim American, I truly appreciate this post. Growing up with a different religion doesn’t mean that I am not still a human. In a time where our country is becoming so divided, I wish more people would take the time to talk to and get to know those of other backgrounds. I truly believe that real conversations would lead to more love rather than hate & ignorance. x

  • I have pretty much stayed off FB lately because there is just so much hate and confusion going on. I’m with you, just trying to share as much love as I can but honestly what else can we do?

  • Debra Stachelski

    Very well said Karly, I think you’ve put into words what many of us are feeling. I still have faith in our country and I think the road may be bumpy for awhile but we’ll be ok. I loved that Lin Manuel Miranda speech as well, love is love and I choose to be kind rather than get caught up in the hate. How can we not love Ellen?! No one puts things into perspective like she does!

  • god that google video kills me. i’ve seen it before but i had to watch it again. thank you for sharing <3

    love and agree with all that you said. everything that is happening is breaking my heart. like you said, i can 'understand' where people are coming from about certain things, but it doesn't make it any easier to accept.

    • Exactly! Understanding and acceptance are two total different things. And gosh, that google commercial kills me every single time.

  • Stacy

    Love is love is love is love! I’ve struggled with all the hate and bigotry that has been swirling around the country so freely lately. Do I understand the reasoning behind the ban? Yes. Do I think it was executed in a smart and realistic manner? Absolutely not.
    Thank you for putting yourself out there with this post. Like Biana said, at this point, it’s about how we’re treating people and not just politics anymore.

  • Such a kindhearted post Karly. The world needs more good and I’m hoping that we can be the ones to spread it 🙂

  • LOVE how polite and well worded this is- there is no way you could upset anyone with this! I feel it’s more important now than ever to help kids understand this as a teacher- emphasis to appreciate differences instead of judge them!

    • Thanks, Emily! I’m so glad that you thought so. And, yes – you have such an important role as a teacher!

  • Yes, girl! I couldn’t agree more! (P.S. sorry I’m just now responding to this – unknown to me, some of your comments were coming up as spam through my comment moderator – weird!)